Craigslist: Personal Assistant Scam (various versions/same format)
I’ve been asked a few times to look into personal assistant ads on Craigslist. To test the ‘system’ out, I applied to a "Part Time Personal Assistant" ad on Craigslist.
Typically these ads won’t stay up long because job hunters have caught onto the scam and immediately flag those the look suspicious.
There are a few different versions, so be cautious when applying. If you’d like me to investigate – I’m happy to accept emails with links to job postings to investigate for you before you invest time and effort into applying to a scam.
Shown here is the response I received:
I just received an email from Craigslist that you are interested in the job.I am replying you back this job offer,because i really needed someone urgently to start working for me as my persona assistant.My name is Thomas Harris and Mr Wimi Jonx use to be my personal assistant and he just traveled back to his country (China) on an emergency.I would have loved to meet up with you to talk about this job,but I am currently away on business trip.I am currently in Australia so there will be no interview,till i get back to the USA in October,then we can meet and talk more about the future of the job. All you need to do is follow instructions……I am an Artist.I just started my own art gallery here in Australia, I buy ideas and materials from ancient cities and I have got so many clients as companies, individuals and government and private museums.
I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time. Someone who can offer the services listed on the advert on craigslist such as receiving calls and reporting back to me what information you got from clients, replying emails and printing invitation for exhibitions, shopping for gifts and materials, paying bills as well as receiving payments from clients when am not around.
You will work on the average of about 5-10hrs per week and I will start by paying you $250 per week which will rise to $400 depending on how effective you are, the job will start from the moment you start running errands. This job is
temporary and could possibly be a permanent one for you based on how you deliver your duties, we will talk more when am back and you can take part more in my successfully growing business.
I will email you the list and samples of pictures of what to shop for when I need you to shop for me and will be precise on what and where, funds will be giving upfront and the shopping must be reported in detailed manner. No heavy
packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest stores. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them.
Please provide the following information of you,(no mistakes in name as it will appear on payments):
Phone Number Cell:
Phone Number Home:
Once you send all this information,i will make a back ground check on your details and will get back to you within 48hrs to let you know if you get the job.
Again, if you find a job or work at home ad that you’d like to reply to but aren’t quite sure if it’s legitimate or a scam – do drop me an email – I’d be happy to take a look.
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